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By SUGARSNAP ·
I currently have an old computer running Windows 98SE. I have purchased Windows 2000 OEM and would like to do a clean install, ridding myself of several undetectable problems in 98SE. Is there a website available where step by step instructions can be obtained to do this. I have never done this before and am in need of guidance.

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by opatzg In reply to Clean Installation

Before you start anything first run some diagnostic program which gets you your motherboard and addon card information like the Belarc advisor, or someother, you should be able to download these utilities from downloads.com or motherboards.org or some other location. Then download all the latest drivers for your hardware from their respective sites for windows 2000. After you have all that then I'ld look more into the step by step process of fdisking, formatting,... Good choice by the way, and good luck! Make sure you have plenty of ram 256-512 minimum.

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by SUGARSNAP In reply to Clean Installation

Thank you, very helpful!

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by TheChas In reply to Clean Installation

1. Backup any critical files and settings.
(mail and ISP passwords)

2. Verify that all hardware is on the W2K HCL.
(hardware compatibility list)

3. As OpatzG stated, download ALL drivers.
Save them to floppy, or on a CD.

4. See if you can boot from the W2K CD.
If not, you need to run the utility on the CD to create a boot floppy.

5. Boot from a W98 startup disk.

6. Run fdisk
delete at least the primary DOS partition.

7. Exit fdisk.

8. Shut down.

9. Boot from the W2K CD or startup floppy.

10. Run setup, and install W2K

11. Install the W2K drivers for your hardware.

12. Run Windows update

I would go beyond OpatzG's recommendation on RAM.
Install as much as the system will take / you can afford.

One side note:
If you use your PC for gaming, make sure the games you play run on W2K.
It is NOT very game friendly.

If you play games, you may be happier with XP Pro.

Chas

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by SUGARSNAP In reply to Clean Installation

Thank you, very helpful!

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by cglrcng In reply to Clean Installation

Chas has it right, also a site: www.easydesksoftware/youformat Also use some of their tools IE: Winsafe & Perfect

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by cglrcng In reply to Clean Installation

man! That was supposed to be: www.easydesksoftware.com/youformat Sry.

Good Luck!

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by cglrcng In reply to Clean Installation

Rough day.

This is the actual address!

http://www.easydesksoftware.com/youformat.htm

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by SUGARSNAP In reply to Clean Installation

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by SUGARSNAP In reply to Clean Installation

Thank you for the info. You seem to be quite knowledgeable and I appreciate the input.

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